Every surgical procedure carries some risk, but generally the risk is relatively low, especially in healthy individuals (serious medical complication from surgery is less than 0.1% overall). In addition, emergency surgery poses 2-5 times the risk, as compared to elective procedures. The goal of cardiac risk evaluation is to identify people at risk for a major cardiac event. Many people undergoing non-cardiac surgery are at risk of various heart complications, including but not limited to, acute heart attacks and strokes. This risk is related to both patient characteristics as well as the type of surgery.
Although sometimes taken for granted, our ability to communicate is truly a gift. Communication is far more than expressing our basic needs. Communication is how we learn about one another and experience life together. Communication breaks down the barrier of isolation and allows us to live in community by sharing our thoughts, desires and knowledge with one another. One of the many roles of a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) is developing and rehabilitating language skills.
PT in the medical community stands for physical therapy, no - not pain and torture contrary to popular belief. According to Merriam-Webster, physical therapy is “therapy for the preservation, enhancement or restoration of movement and physical function impaired or threatened by disease, injury or disability that utilizes therapeutic exercise, physical modalities, assistive devices and patient education and training.” This might sound a bit complex.